February 2, 2023

The Rehoboth Police Department is taking back unwanted Prescription Drugs October 29th 2022


With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration announces its 23rd Take Back Day is scheduled for October 29th 2022. The last national take-back day was in April 2022. Just under 5,000 collection sites brought in 744,000 pounds of unwanted pills. The collected medications will be disposed of at several incineration facilities throughout New England that will convert the pharmaceutical waste into clean, renewable energy for use by local communities. Since 2010, this initiative has resulted in over 1.6 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste collected over twenty-two drug take back events in New England. With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential.

DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop off locations provided lithium batteries are removed.

Helping people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way DEA is working to reduce addiction and stem overdose deaths.

Learn more about the event and find a local collection site at www.deatakeback.com by calling 800-882-9539.



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